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The five healthiest summer dishes to improve your physical and mental health

We all know our diet has a dramatic impact on both our physical and mental health, but often, we’re not exactly sure what the best foods to eat are for a balanced and healthy diet.

That can change alongside our seasonal tastes, with some fantastic summer dishes that can be vital in improving our health and bodily functions. Many health professionals put a real emphasis on what we eat, from physiotherapists looking to aid athletes to counselors in private drug rehab clinics that need their patients to start building their strength and helping their bodies recover.

However, it’s the same for everyone, in order to improve our mental and physical health. So, as we approach summer, here are five dishes you should add to your menu that will do just that…

Grilled Salmon with Summer Salad

Salmon is often considered a superfood, largely because it’s a rich source of omega-3 fatty acids, which are hugely beneficial for both heart health and cognitive function.

Grilling the salmon helps bring out its natural flavours and combined with a vibrant salad you’ve got your perfect summer dish. Include the likes of fresh greens such as spinach or arugula, as well as cucumber, cherry tomatoes as well as a light vinaigrette for the perfect summer dish, packed with protein, healthy fats and antioxidants. It’s the ultimate mood booster.

Quinoa and Vegetable Stuffed Peppers

Quinoa is a whole grain packed with nutrients, including fiber, protein, and essential vitamins. That makes up the bulk of your stuffed pepper, but you should make a filling that combines the quinoa with diced vegetables, such as peppers, courgettes, carrots, and onions. 

Add fresh parsley or basil to flavor further and bake in the oven until the peppers become tender. It’s nutritious, satisfying, and full of vitamins and antioxidants that will boost both physical and mental health.

Watermelon and Feta Salad

If you’re looking for something a little more refreshing, a watermelon and feta salad is ideal for both hydration and improving mood. Combine cubed watermelon with crumbled feta, adding fresh mint leaves and just a sprinkle of black pepper, and you’ve got a simple but incredibly tasty salad.

The watermelon is rich in vitamins A and C, alongside lycopene, a powerful antioxidant which supports skin health and reduce stress.

Grilled Vegetable Platter with Yoghurt Dip

Grilled vegetables are beautiful at this time of the year, especially if they are dropped on a barbecue. The likes of aubergine, courgette, peppers, and asparagus are perfect for this, creating a colorful platter that goes brilliantly with a yogurt dip.

Add lemon juice, garlic, and fresh herbs to a creamy yoghurt and you’ve got a dish that is rich in fibre, vitamins and antioxidants, supporting gut health, boosting immunity and increasing mood and mental health.

Berry and Greek Yogurt Parfait

Fresh berries, such as strawberries, blueberries, and raspberries, are abundant during the summer months and are packed with antioxidants, vitamins, and fiber. Layer mixed berries with creamy Greek yogurt in a glass to create a colorful parfait. Top with a sprinkle of granola or chopped nuts for added crunch and texture. Berries are known to support brain health and may help reduce inflammation, while Greek yogurt provides protein and probiotics that promote digestive health and overall well-being. This delicious parfait is not only a nutritious breakfast or dessert but also a delightful treat that can lift your spirits on a sunny summer day.